Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Kristi Kates - August 1st, 2011
20 Years of Cool Music in a Hot City Lollapalooza Preview 2011
By Kristi Kates
Big, big numbers are being projected for this year’s 20th Anniversary Lollapalooza Festival (August 5-7) in Chicago, which serves as pretty much the Midwest’s only truly gigantic claim to summer music festival fame, with Rothbury’s Electric Forest Fest aiming at second place. Lolla keeps aiming at bigger and bigger goals, and this year’s no exception.
If 90,000 tickets sold per each day of Lolla’s three-day run sounds like a lot to you, you’re right - last year’s record was 240,000 people over the weekend; a sold-out show this year would result in a three-day attendance of 270,000. So patience will definitely be a virtue - but it’ll be worth it to see Lolla’s once again standout lineup.

To Lolla’s credit, they’ve been working hard on making the whole thing work, capacity crowds or no. The Lolla organizers have now expanded the festival grounds to across the street from Grant Park, where attendees will be happy to find the new Google Plus stage; two branches (North and South) of the popular environmental market, Green Street; several Lolla lounges; and the equally popular Perry’s dance pavilion, which hosts loads of Lolla guests moving and grooving to the best in electronica music and DJ sets.
Green Street is one of the most interesting elements of every year’s Lollapalooza, as it aims to be the “public face” of the fest’s environmental initiatives to be as “green,” or sustainable, an event as possible. At Green Street on-site, you’ll be able to purchase eco-friendly artwork, including clothing from Avatar and Chaos Card Company, jewelry, photography and print art, and a whole lot more. Green Street’s Farmers Market brings fresh foods direct from farm-to-festival for a break from the usual festival eats (more about those in a moment), and those wanting to help a bigger cause can check out the Lolla Cares booths.

And now back to those festival meals on-the-run. They’re definitely top-notch at Lolla compared to most music festivals, and even more so the past couple of years, with Iron Chef competitor and local Chicago bistronomic restauranteur-slash-Lolla’s “Culinary Ambassador” Graham Elliot, who’s taken on the large task of organizing over 30 eclectic food vendors for Lolla’s Chow Town, which, much like Green Street this year, has both North and South stations to help disperse crowds and offer a wide range of eats.

Most importantly are the bands playing at Lolla each year, the foundation of the entire event and the Midwest’s opportunity to travel in from the outlying areas to see musicians that might not tour some of the smaller towns.
This year, Lolla’s lineup is just as impressive as previous years. Headliners include festival favorite (and previous Lolla headliner) Muse; new-to-Lolla Foo Fighters; Deadmau5; Detroiter Eminem; A Perfect Circle; and the somewhat incongruous Coldplay, whose more elegant music - and less party-centric fans - might be a bit of a mismatch for Lolla.
The smaller stages are no less intriguing. Popular indie-popsters/rockers on the side stages this year include highlights the zippy underground rock of Arctic Monkeys, the retro-synthy White Lies, the folk-pop of Bright Eyes, and clever Chicago favorites OK Go. Elsewhere, Cold War Kids, Portugal. The Man, The Kills, and Two Door Cinema Club will be reeling in the crowds.
Plenty of this year’s buzz bands are in evidence, too, from Smith Westerns, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Noah and the Whale, and The Joy Formidable; and if it’s dance/electronica/DJ sets you’re waiting for, be sure to check out Modeselektor, Pretty Lights, Midnight Conspiracy, Daedelus, Chris Cox, and of course festival founder Perry Farrell himself, appearing with his wife as PerryEtty; and hip-hop is in evidence most notably through the appearances of The Cool Kids and Cee Lo Green.
Throw in Lollapalooza’s direct proximity to downtown Chicago and the Michigan Avenue shopping area, the beauty and green spaces of Grant Park (where the festival is primarily held), and weather that, if history holds, is sure to range in the upper 80s, rain or sun, and you’ve got the recipe for another great Lollapalooza, and a perfect way to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a festival in 2011.

For more info on the Lollapalooza festival, visit www.lollapalooza.com.
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